Snacks Snacks and More Snacks!

It seems like I eat a lot of snacks ūüôā ¬†I have to make sure throughout the day that I am getting enough calories. ¬†So between meals I have little fruit salads, or veggie platters, or hummus plates. ¬† I’m wondering how everyone else makes sure they get enough calories and what kind of snacks they eat?

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Raw Vegan Brownies – Beware – lots of sugar.. But soooo goood!

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YES!

AMAZING!

SUGAR!

That’s how I feel right now. ¬†I am amazed. ¬†I just made the no-bake raw vegan brownies from minimalist baker, which you can find here.

As always, I did things a bit differently, but they still turned out fantastic!!

I always use my Ninja blender, because that’s all I have for mixing.

I used ALL¬†the dates, and I didn’t put them in the blender a few at a time. ¬†I just threw half in, blended, and then the other half right after. ¬†No time for single dates!

I used only half the coconut oil since I don’t like it that much.

I used a little less sugar, and a finely granulated sugar not a powdered sugar, so my frosting came out more dense and less fluffy.

I didn’t have any baking pans available today and I didn’t want to wash them, so I shaped my brownies into a heart to surprise bf¬†when he gets home. ¬†Hooray!

 

Here are some snapshots along the way:

No Bake Vegan Brownies Progression Photos

My Best Banana Ice Cream Yet – Raspberry

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It was so delicious, so tart, and I spent extra time blending it so I didn’t add more almond milk. ¬†That gave it a creamier consistency. ¬†Fantastic!

2.5 Bananas (some frozen)

12 oz. Raspberries (frozen)

A splash of almond milk to help it blend.

Oatmeal Raisin Balls!

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Today I tried oatmeal raisin balls.¬† I got them from over at Hell Yeah It’s Vegan!

As usual, I modified the recipe slightly based on what I had but they actually came out awesome.¬† I’ve been seeing pictures of these things all over Instagram in various different forms, mostly with dates, but this one just had oats, walnuts, and raisins as the base.

My modifications included:

  • Cashews instead of walnuts since I had some left over from another recipe
  • Thyme instead of cloves, and just a pinch of it, since I’ve never stocked cloves and couldn’t even tell you what they would have tasted like
  • No¬†salt
  • I cooked the oats for 30 seconds beforehand to absorb a little water
  • I rolled them in coconut flakes because it just makes it look awesome

So basically these things came out awesome.¬† I am finally getting some recipes of little snack type things that I might be able to make for people to try when they come over.¬† Being vegan is getting me excited about having other people taste these treats.¬† I know most people won’t like them (or maybe they will!) but I am excited to invite people over.¬† Then I wont have to just eat salad at the restaurant anymore.¬† That gets boring really quick.

Spinach Potato Mashes

 

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There is a recipe over at Cruelty Free Family for Spinach Potato Puffs Рso I had to try it.  The ingredients list was short which always works for me!

I was a little scared by the long directions, so I modified it a bit.

Instead of roasting the garlic in the oven, I threw it in the toaster oven on “toast” for 10 minutes while I diced up my potatoes.

Instead of defrosting all the frozen spinach, I just left it out while I was doing the preparations, and by the time I mixed it into the potatoes they pretty much defrosted themselves during the mixing process.

I did not use any vegan butter, nor did I use oil or salt.  I figured I could add them at the end.

I rolled the balls then mushed them flat with a fork.

I also ended up cooking them about five minutes longer, because I was expecting them to have some sort of crunch to them, which they didn’t. ¬†Is this because I didn’t use the butter? ¬†In the original recipe they are called potato “puffs”¬†so maybe they aren’t supposed to be crispy?¬† If you¬†let them sit and cool – which is so hard to do if you’re hungry! – they are easier to take off the pan and still delicious. ¬†May need some salt, if you have a taste for it. ¬† ūüôā